Dylan Wilson transferred from Seymour to Crothersville for his senior year of basketball.
He said that has wound up being a good move.
“It’s a good group,” he said of his new teammates. “I like it down here a lot better. I love the game.”
After having to sit out the first three games because of changing schools, Wilson has been a starter for the Tigers and averaged 13 points per outing over his first five games. His high-point totals are 19 against Springs Valley and 14 against New Washington.
Wilson said he likes to take advantage of his size (6-foot-6) and strength and play down low on offense.
“I like to play down on the block. It’s like my home,” he said.
He prefers for people to play behind him.
“I’m more comfortable with them being on my backside. That’s where I can make my move,” he said. “I like shooting the jumper.”
He said playing against zone or man defense depends on the team and how big they are.
Despite changing schools, Wilson said he didn’t have to adjust his game.
“I’m big, so they’re both going to tell me to go underneath,” he said. “(Tigers coach Greg) Kilgore would like for me to get the ball down low, where (Owls coach Tyler) Phillips liked for me to shoot the 3.”
Wilson said he enjoys battling for rebounds, especially on the defensive end so he can start a fast break.
“I get it to the outlet as soon as possible,” he said. “I just go get the ball and be as aggressive as possible without getting a foul.”
On defense, he likes when the Tigers apply pressure.
“We start the game in a full-court press, and we normally don’t stop pressing,” he said. “I play under the basket and keep the other team from scoring.”
Wilson said he likes to change defenses and play both zone and man-to-man.
“It depends on what the coach wants,” he said.
For games, Wilson said he prefers to have home-court advantage.
“I love the home games. I love the crowd. We’re undefeated (4-0) at home,” he said. “I liked Seymour’s gym because of how big it is, but I like the smaller gyms, too. I like Crothersville’s gym. It’s nice.”
So far this season, the Tigers have put together a winning record, and Wilson said he wants that to continue.
“We have a lot of talent and a lot of knowledge,” he said. “We have a lot of players that like basketball, that know how to play. It’s very important to come out aggressive, be ready to play, get an early lead if we can and not let off the gas.”
To keep winning, Wilson said the seniors need to step up and keep playing hard.
“We’re 2-0 in our conference right now, and we’ve got some big conference games coming up,” he said of Southern Athletic Conference play.
When it comes to practice, Wilson said it’s important for everyone to take it seriously.
“It’s how we perform in a game,” he said. “If we perform in practice (well), we perform in a game (well), and hopefully, we’ll come out with a win. We’ve got to keep our heads, just play through contact. If we get a foul called, just play through it, just make the next play.”
From an academic standpoint, Wilson said he has liked attending Crothersville High School.
“The people are nice. The teachers are good. The school is great. The basketball team is great,” he said. “It’s going to be a good year.”
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Name: Dylan Wilson
School: Crothersville High School
Parents: Steve Wilson and Angie Wilson
Sport: Basketball, four years
Plans after high school: Attend college
Favorite food: Biscuits and gravy
Favorite TV show: “SportsCenter”
Favorite signer: Lil Yachty
Favorite movie: “Coach Carter”